Starmer Urges for a Lasting Ceasefire in Israel’s Conflict with Gaza | Latest News on Israel-Gaza Conflict

Opposition leader’s comments come before a Parliament debate on a motion urging an immediate truce in Gaza.

British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer has said a ceasefire that lasts “must happen now” between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The opposition leader’s comments, at a Scottish Labour Party conference in Glasgow, came on Sunday as he faces renewed pressure to back an “immediate ceasefire” in a conflict that has killed about 29,000 Palestinians.

Starmer has previously refused to back that call, saying instead that he wanted a “sustainable” end to the conflict.

The issue has caused divisions in the Labour Party, with nearly a third of its legislators defying Starmer last year to support calls for an immediate truce.

“I have just returned from the Munich security conference, where every conversation I had came back to the situation in Israel and Gaza and the question of what we can do practically to deliver what we all want to see – a return of all the hostages taken on 7 October, an end to the killing of innocent Palestinians, a huge scaling-up of humanitarian relief and an end to the fighting,” Starmer said.

“What we all want to see … [is] an end to the fighting not just now, not just for a pause, but permanently. A ceasefire that lasts … that is what must happen now.”

He added that any ceasefire could not be one-sided and warned Israel against launching its planned offensive in the city of Rafah, where more than a million Palestinians have sought refuge.

I’m proud that @ScottishLabour conference has unanimously passed a motion calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East.

— Anas Sarwar (@AnasSarwar) February 17, 2024

Starmer’s comments come before a Scottish National Party (SNP)-led vote in the British Parliament on a motion urging an immediate ceasefire.

The Scottish Labour conference on Saturday also voted in favour of backing an immediate truce, with Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar saying in a post on X that he was “proud” the conference had passed the motion.

Israel’s attacks on Gaza have killed at least 28,985 Palestinians and wounded 68,883 since October 7, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. Several thousand more are missing, presumably buried under rubble.

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